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Target breach optioned as Sony feature film

The Target breach, and in particular the role of respected security blogger Brian Krebs in breaking the story, has been optioned as a feature film by Sony. The studio bought the rights to the New York Times article, “Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly,” with a view to creating a “cyber thriller.”

Over 500,000 PCs attacked every day after 25,000 UNIX servers hijacked by Operation Windigo

Malware researchers at ESET have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal operation that has seized control of tens of thousands of Unix servers. Learn more about how to check your systems for compromise, and prevent innocent computer users from being attacked.

More than 80% of business leaders feel “unprepared” for cyber incidents

More than 80% of business leaders do not feel fully prepared for the effects of a major cyber incident, according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit – despite 77% of companies having faced such incidents in the past two years.

Fake video of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 rescue is ‘callous’ cyber scam

A post promising a video of a plane landing on water has been circulating on Facebook, with a title suggesting that it contains news footage of the rescue of passengers on board the missing flight MH370 – but there is no video, and it’s a criminal scam.

Financial files from Mt Gox supposedly ‘leak online’ after CEO targeted

A file of material purporting to include detailed information on trades at the Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has surfaced online, after attackers targeted the personal blog and Reddit account of CEO Mark Karpeles.

WWF warns of ‘arms race’ with ‘cyberpoachers’ targeting endangered species

Criminals seeking to kill endangered species and sell trophies online are turning to increasingly hi-tech methods to target their prey – including cyber attacks built to steal information on where animals patrol, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s Wildlife Crime division.

Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts down after attackers loot $570,000 from “hot wallet”

The attackers were able to steal all the bitcoins stored in the bank’s “hot wallet” – the portion of its funds on computers accessible via the internet – due to a transaction flaw in its code.

More than 300,000 wireless routers hijacked by criminals in global attack

More than 300,000 wireless routers worldwide are under the control of an unknown group of cybercriminals, who have made malicious changes to the devices’ settings – and the attack is part of a “growing trend”, researchers claim.

Mt Gox site code “posted online” as exchange admits $500m in bitcoin is lost

Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has admitted that nearly $500 million in bitcoin has “disappeared”, in a new statement posted online – as chunks of computer code have appeared on Pastebin which appear to be part of the backend for the site.

CIA chief says internet-connected appliances are ‘worrisome’ new threat

CIA Director John Brennan says that connected appliances and networked vehicles will make the agency’s job harder – with more systems to protect, and more platforms which could be used to launch attacks.

Mark Brooks: How to spot an online dating scammer – and why it’s getting tougher

Mark Brooks of OnlinePersonalsWatch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love. A few simple steps can help ensure you don’t fall for a fake…

Mastercard trials fraud-busting GPS app to end misery of blocked payments on vacation

Mastercard is piloting a scheme where smartphone GPS systems are used to authenticate purchases for travellers – which could spell an end to the frustrating and common experience where cards are blocked instantly when used abroad.

U.S. businesses boost cyber defenses as they brace for more Target-style attacks

Businesses in America have increased security spending after the wave of high-profile cyber attacks late last year, including the Target breach – and most U.S. companies expect such attacks to increase over the next two years.

Neiman Marcus attackers set off 60,000 alerts – but went unnoticed

Hackers who stole hundreds of thousands of card details from upscale retailer Neiman Marcus set off more than 60,000 security alerts – but these were all missed by security staff at the company, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Tinder dating app gave away exact locations of users for months

Smartphone dating app Tinder revealed more about its users than they might have wished over a period of several months last year – revealing their location to other app users to an accuracy of around 100 feet, according to The Verge’s report.

Personal email and cloud storage pose ‘biggest threat’ to corporate data, report claims

Nearly two-thirds of employees – 63% – use personal email to transfer work files, potentially leaving workplaces exposed to hacks against their accounts – and more than half of employees regularly transfer files by insecure channels.

Worldwide cost of identity theft could be $5 billion per year, Microsoft survey finds

A Microsoft survey of 10,000 consumers found that the worldwide annual cost of identity theft and phishing could be as high as $5 billion – and the cost of repairing damage to people’s reputation online could be even higher.

Corkow – the lesser-known Bitcoin-curious cousin of the Russian banking Trojan family

A little-known banking trojan, developed in Russia, has managed to infect thousands of victims’ computers without the knowledge of their owners. Graham Cluley takes a closer look.

Phishy business: Surge in tax scams as emails rise by nearly 50% in one year

Fraudulent emails offering refunds of overpaid tax have surged by nearly 50% in the past year, according to a report by Accountancy Age. Customers reported 23,347 phishing emails to the British tax authorities in the three months before the deadline.

American law firm admits entire server of legal files fell victim to Cryptolocker

A small American law firm has admitted that every document on a server at the North Carolina company has fallen prey to the Cryptolocker ransomware, according to a report by local station WSO CTV.

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